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Testosterone Deficiency in Perimenopausal Women

Many women are unaware of the important role that testosterone plays in their sexual, physical and mental health and wellbeing. Testosterone is usually referred to as “the male sex hormone”. However, it is vital for female health and wellbeing, particularly during the perimenopause and after. Testosterone’s main function is to provide a sense of vitality […]

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From Hormone Hell to Feeling Well: A True Story

A few weeks ago I told a story at the In This Body conference in London. Called From Hormone Hell to Feeling Well, it is the story of how I first experienced menopause symptoms when I was thirty. I was misdiagnosed, told that my symptoms were “all in my head” and eventually referred to a […]

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The Menopause Almost Destroyed My Relationship

Angie Macdonald was unprepared for the profound effect menopause had on her health and relationship, until she discovered testosterone. In February my partner and I celebrated our twentieth anniversary. But back in 2012 I wasn’t sure we were going to make it. Depressed, irritable and easily stressed out, I found myself experiencing heart palpitations, hot […]

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Utrogestan 200mg Capsules Discontinued

I was shocked to discover last week that Utrogestan® 200mg Capsules have been discontinued. As from 1 August 2014 women who take Utrogestan® 200mg to treat infertility or menopausal symptoms will have to ask their doctors to write them a new prescription. Besins Healthcare Discontinue Utrogestan 200mg Capsules Belgian pharmaceutical company Besins Healthcare, who are […]

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How to Become an Empowered Patient

How can you become an empowered patient and work with your doctor to make the right choices and access the best treatment for your menopausal symptoms? Be Pro-Active in Managing Your Health Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests that you become more pro-active about managing your […]

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Jeanette Winterson and the Menopause

In an article entitled Can you stop the menopause? published in The Guardian, writer Jeanette Winterson describes how she was left physically depleted after experiencing two years of mental breakdown. Even after her mind had healed, she was still struggling with low energy levels, problems sleeping and her hair was falling out. A visit to […]

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UK Doctors Need Better Education about the Menopause

Doctor’s appointments can be stressful experiences and even more so during the menopause when you may find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, forgetful and generally overwhelmed by your symptoms. Often, by the time women bring up the subject of the menopause with their doctors, they’re at their wits end. Many avoid it because it can feel […]

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Is Your HRT made from Pregnant Mare’s Urine?

If you’re pre or post-menopausal you may have been prescribed or even begged your GP for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to try and relieve some of the awful symptoms. Perhaps you’ve read up on the wonders of bioidentical hormones and decided you’d like to try them. But, if your experience is anything like mine, you […]

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Can Testosterone Help with Menopause?

The Daily Mail Health section ran an excellent article on testosterone and the menopause in December. In the article Can testosterone help beat the menopause? medical journalist Jane Feinmann took an in-depth look at the important role that testosterone can play in a woman’s health during the menopause. Can Testosterone Help With Menopause? The benefits […]

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Is HRT Safe? The Debate Continues…

Do the advantages of HRT outweigh the disadvantages – yes or no? This was the question posed in a fascinating debate I attended at The Guild of Health Writers last week. The controversy and conflicting research surrounding Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a minefield for any health professional to negotiate, let alone the average menopausal […]

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